Sunday, October 22, 2017

Killer Gaming Rig Update!

After months of searching, I finally got my hands on an EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti for the Killer Gaming Rig giveaway! It took a lot of leg work and a bit of horse trading (big block Chevy parts) but the KGR giveaway is back on track! I'll give you an update as soon as I have it in my hot little hands! If all goes well, I will kick off the giveaway November 1st - November 31st (one entry per day, per person). 😎

UPDATE: It has arrived!!!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Limited Internet Access

I will have limited internet access for the remainder of the day. I will see you all back here in the morning (hopefully with my internet back to normal).

Civilization III Free on Humble Store

If you were a regular visitor of Blue's News, you already know that Civilization III is free right now on the Humble Store. If you aren't a regular Blue's News should be.

Sid Meier's Civilization III: Complete, the latest offering in the Sid Meier's Civilization III franchise, provides gaming fans with Sid Meier's Civilization III, the highly-addictive journey of discovery, combined with the updated and enhanced multiplayer expansion pack Sid Meier's Civilization III: Play the World*, as well as all of the great new civilizations, scenarios, and features from Sid Meier's Civilization III: Conquests! Sid Meier's Civilization III: Complete provides more ways to explore, more strategies to employ, more modes of play, and more ways to win, all in one box!

AMD Ryzen 3 1300X & Ryzen 3 1200 Review

Our friends at Overclockers Club just posted an evaluation of the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X & Ryzen 3 1200 processors today that I think most of you will find very interesting.
As a budget CPU series, the R3 1300X and R3 1200 come in at a price point between $30 and $50 cheaper than the comparison i3 7350K. With motherboard and memory prices being equal, spending less money usually wins when the performance is close. That in itself is the age-old question. cost vs. benefit. At this point, the R3 line offers that cost competitive advantage.

The Green Bay Packers and Microsoft Join Forces

The Green Bay Packers and Microsoft Corp. today announced the launch of TitletownTech, a one-of-a kind partnership between the two organizations aimed at boosting economic expansion in Wisconsin’s Fox River Valley and beyond by bringing world-class digital innovations and expertise to Green Bay. Operating from a state-of-the-art work space in the Titletown development next to Lambeau Field, TitletownTech will help the region’s emerging and existing businesses define and build new digital products, transform their operations through technology and, in some cases, provide capital to launch new ventures.

Intel Capital Fuels Innovation with $60 million of New Investments

Intel Capital, Intel Corporation’s global investment organization, today announced new investments totaling more than $60 million in 15 technology startups. The company introduced the CEOs and founders of the startups at the Intel Capital CEO Showcase, which is being webcast in the Intel Newsroom. This latest group of new portfolio companies brings Intel Capital’s year-to-date investing to more than $566 million.

Intel's Application Software Platform to Help Health Care Providers

Intel today announced the launch of the Intel® Health Application Platform (Intel® HAP), an innovative application software platform that can be used by remote care solution providers to enable a variety of remote health care usage models. Remote patient care encompasses a variety of care modalities that are provided to a patient outside of a clinical setting. The advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) has been a huge boon to the health care industry, and remote care is one of the biggest breakthrough advancements in modern health care delivery. Managing patients with serious or chronic conditions with remote care has been shown to reduce hospital admissions by 40 percent and readmission rates by 75 percent, and lower U.S. employer health care costs by as much as $6 billion annually.

Intel and Amazon Give Voice to Smart Homes of the Future

Recent advancements in artificial intelligence, machine learning and natural language processing are beginning to bring the full potential of smart homes into focus. As these technologies continue to learn and improve, many of the tasks of running the home will eventually be automated to provide peace of mind and enrich daily life. In fact, a recent Intel survey revealed 68 percent of Americans agreed that living in a home with smart devices would make their lives easier. 

Consumers are beginning to show an increasing readiness to welcome speech in the smart home. Look at smart speakers and personal assistants: This year, 35.6 million Americans will use a voice-activated smart home device at least once per month, eMarketer estimates – a 128.9 percent increase over 2016. Intel, in collaboration with the Amazon Alexa Voice Service* (AVS), is making it easier for third-party developers to accelerate the design of consumer products featuring AVS. Today, Intel announces the Intel® Speech Enabling Developer Kit, which provides a complete audio front-end solution for far-field voice control.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Patreon Appreciation Package For October

Just a reminder that this month's Patreon Appreciation Package is a VisionTek Radeon RX 580 8GB video card! For those of you that don't know, these are random monthly giveaways for anyone that pledges $5 or more to the Hypothermia Patreon page.

CYBERPOWERPC Crystal Gaming Series Powered By CORSAIR

CORSAIR, a world leader in PC components, high-performance gaming hardware and enthusiast memory, today announced a partnership with leading PC builder CYBERPOWERPC to create its new Crystal Gaming Series of performance desktop PCs. Powered by the latest Intel® 8th Generation and X-Series Core i7™ Processors, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, 1080 or 1080 Ti graphics cards, and up to 32GB of CORSAIR VENGEANCE LPX DDR4 memory, every Crystal Gaming Series system provides outstanding gaming PC performance, surrounded by the best in CORSAIR hardware and RGB lighting.

Colorful Releases iGame Z370 Vulcan X

Colorful announced the launch of its new high-end flagship iGame Z370 Vulcan X motherboard today. The bad news is that it's only out in South Korea (so far).
Based on Intel’s Z370 chipset, Colorful's new motherboard support Intel’s 8th Generation (Coffee Lake) processors; up to 64GB of dual-channel DDR4 memory, SLI and CrossFire multi-GPU technology; dual M.2 slots that work with both standard SSDs and Intel Optane Memory; and RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10 support for storage devices.

Zotac Adds Fearless Cooling To GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm Mini

Announced earlier this year at Computex, we have more details on Zotac’s GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm Mini.
Billed as the "world's smallest" GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, the ArcticStorm Mini is a factory overclocked video card that features 3,584 CUDA cores, 11GB GDDR5X, 352-bit bus, 224 texture units, 28 streaming multiprocessors, 88 ROPs, and a 250 TDP all in a 6.46 x 8.35 inch package. The company advertises a 1,506 MHz base clock and 1,620 MHz boost clock speeds. 

Time Wasting Free-To-Play Game of the Day

The only reason I am sharing this is so that those of you that know someone that cant park can get the help they so desperately need. 😁

NYPD’s Evidence Database Has No Backup

Shocked? Really? You'd think by now the world would be used to news like this

As part of an ongoing legal battle to get the New York City Police Department to track money police have grabbed in cash forfeitures, an attorney for the city told a Manhattan judge on October 17 that part of the reason the NYPD can't comply with such requests is that the department's evidence database has no backup.

Inaugural GTC Israel Focuses on Nation of Startups

Over 1,600 developers, entrepreneurs and technologists jammed into Tel Aviv’s glass-walled Convention Center on Wednesday, the latest swing in our six-city global GPU Technology Conference tour. In a broad and technically deep keynote, NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang described the new computing era set loose by accelerated computing. He provided an often detailed, at times sly, tour of the three computing platforms NVIDIA’s created to propel enterprises in this brave new world: the Holodeck VR collaboration studio; AI computing for training and staggeringly fast inferencing; and the next generation of autonomous machines, such as self-driving cars and robotics.

NVIDIA Inception Awards Come to Tel Aviv

NVIDIA’s Inception Award competition for promising AI startups found its perfect home today in a packed auditorium in Tel Aviv, the epicenter of Israel’s startup culture. In a nation with the highest number of startups per capita — some 5,000 fledgling companies in a country of 8.5 million people — six of the best competed head-on at GTC Israel, our inaugural local edition of the GPU Technology Conference, which is on a global swing through six cities this fall. In quarter-hour blocks, their CEOs described their business strategy and fielded questions from five judges with deep startup experience, including execs from three Israeli VC firms specializing in AI. The format, longer than the typical several-minute martial-arts like square-offs that place in other startup competitions.

NVIDIA’s Inception Program for AI Startups Adds 2,000th Member

Less than 18 months after its launch, NVIDIA’s Inception program — which helps accelerate startups pushing the frontiers of AI and data science — has signed up its 2,000th member company. The milestone was reached with Imagry, a Haifa, Israel-based startup using machine learning to embed image recognition capabilities on any device.

NVIDIA made the announcement in Tel Aviv, at our inaugural GPU Technology Conference in Israel, part of a series of GTC events being held this year in Silicon Valley, Beijing, Munich and Taipei, among other locations. It’s an appropriate location for the 2,000th Inception member company. Israel is said to have the highest density of startups of any nation — with an estimated 4,000-5,000 new companies in a nation of 8.5 million people.

Blackbaud and Microsoft To Strengthen Strategic Partnership

As part of bbcon 2017, Blackbaud, the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, and Microsoft Corp., plan to expand their partnership in support of their mutual goals to digitally transform the nonprofit sector.

The nonprofit sector represents the third largest workforce behind retail and manufacturing in the United States with approximately 3 million organizations globally. Blackbaud, the largest vertical cloud software provider in the space, announced its intention to fully power its social good-optimized cloud, Blackbaud SKY™, with Microsoft Azure. 

The two companies highlighted a three-point commitment to collaboration for the good of the global nonprofit community. This announcement comes just days after Microsoft launched its new Tech for Social Impact Group, which is dedicated to accelerating technology adoption and digital transformation with the nonprofit industry to deliver greater impact on the world’s most critical social issues.

Passengers Have a Lot to Say About Self-Driving Cars

Society’s fear of driverless cars is somewhat baffling to me. Given that car crashes attributable to human error cause more than 1 million vehicle deaths every year, it’s those human-driven cars people should be afraid of. Yet all of us today get behind the wheel and simply trust that the cars coming toward them in the opposite lane will stay where they’re supposed to. From my point of view, unless those are self-driving cars, we should all be terrified.